House Clerk Accidentally Releases Members’ Financial Disclosures

Posted June 10, 2009 at 2:17pm

Updated: 8:26 p.m.The Clerk of the House on Tuesday accidentally released Members’ annual financial disclosure forms, allowing a private company to publish them in advance of Friday’s scheduled public release.According to Legistorm.com, the Clerk’s office accidentally posted the 2009 disclosure forms on its Web site, allowing Legistorm to capture them and post them on its public site Wednesday. In a blog post Wednesday, LegiStorm explained: “The disclosures were scheduled to be released June 12, but the Clerk of the House website briefly posted them yesterday and LegiStorm was able to download the available disclosures and post them … when alerted to their posting by LegiStorm, the House pulled the documents offline temporarily but has reinstated them again.—Kyle Anderson, the spokesman for the House Administration Committee, said in an e-mail: “The FD data was inadvertently and prematurely made available because the Web site was not blocked while the FD data was being uploaded. The upload process is extensive and is done in segments, which requires several days to complete. The website was blocked to external access as soon as it was realized.—Members were required to file the forms by May 15 — or request an extension — but it takes the Clerk’s office a month or so to publicly release the forms.The Clerk’s office still plans to release copies of the documents to reporters Friday.